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To Save A Lady (French Quarter Brides Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I purchased To Save a Lady and look forward to more books from Patricia Preston.
When Romantic Historical Reviews sent out the review request for To Save a Lady, the book description sounded very interesting, and I accepted the book for an honest review. I am so glad I did. I have always enjoyed stories set in New Orleans, ever since I was a teenager. To Save a Lady did not disappoint to say the least. It is one of the best books I have read in quite some time.
Elise Plaisance is a young lady’s maid to Madame, a woman who saved her from a horrific experience when she was ten years old. She will do anything for Madame, even if it means staying in New Orleans on the eve of battle. Madame’s fourteen-year-old son has run away, and Madame has already lost two children and her husband. Elise greatly fears that her mistress will grief herself to death, so she leaves the plantation and comes to the city to look for the boy.
Captain Jesse Cross is part of General Jackson’s staff and has arrived in New Orleans to defend the city against a British attack. When walking down a street in the French Quarter, he senses someone following him. He wheels around and grabs the cloaked figure and to his astonishment, he discovers it is a woman. He is further astounded when the masked young woman tells him she is his liaison between certain individuals, desiring to help his general defeat the British.
They make arrangements to meet in a courtyard on the Rue d’Orleans to pass information. If she either of them have information they must tie a red ribbon on the carriageway gate as a signal to meet at midnight. During these brief encounters, Jesse is enthralled by the mysterious Rose and aches to see her face. When she finally unveils herself, by removing her mask and telling him about her mission, he loses his heart, even though he believes he can never claim her as his own.
Can Jesse protect Elise from harm, even against her own reckless behavior to save the young boy, or will he lose her forever?
Ms. Preston has written an emotionally-charged story with unforgettable characters. Elise is an incredibly brave and loyal young woman willing to face any danger to find Madame’s young son, even if it means spying for a greedy creole gentleman. She is fearless and determined and never allows herself to be detoured from her goal. Preston is a true master in clearly revealing the goal, motivation and conflict for her heroine.
Her hero is a chief, willing to endanger his life ‘to save a lady’. He is a true leader of men and as fearless and honorable as Elise. His only fault is his domineering attitude to protect Elise from harm. I love a well-written chief archetype, and in To Save a Lady, Ms. Preston gives me a chief I can love. His willingness to sacrifice himself to fulfill his promise to Elise made my heart melt for his loyalty to the woman he loves.
The plot is well-drawn out and the characters are given many facets to their personality. This book grabbed me from the first page and held me in its thrall to the very end. The tale is steeped in historical details, bringing to life what it must have been like in the days leading up to the Battle of New Orleans.
The passion between Elise and Jesse is so sensual and deeply emotional. While there is explicit language and descriptions used, it is the underlying feelings that carry the scenes. Ms. Preston’s writing brought up close and personal with the hero and heroine and had me waiting with batted breath to see how they could ever find their ‘happily ever after’. I highly recommend To Save a Lady. I believe you will find it an unforgettable tale of love and sacrifice. One that you will want to read more than once. Happy reading!
Elise’s one desire is to avoid her mother’s fate, ending up as the neglected mistress of a married man. Yet she falls in love with Jesse and is the one to suggest they make love—without benefit of marriage. Jesse seems to have only honorable intentions but it takes him a while to get around to that. And then there is the war…
Preston brings to life the time at the end of the War of 1812 when, unaware that a peace treaty had been reached, the Americans and British in New Orleans fought on. She obviously did much research to get the events correct. Her fight scenes are exciting and the fictional intrigue believable. Elise is a sympathetic figure though at times she does seem a bit confused about her goals. Still, she is unselfish and wants only the best for her mistress, who saved her from a fate worse than death. Jesse is honorable in all things and his cousin is a worthy character (who will be a hero in an upcoming book).
It’s a great start to her French Quarter Brides series and I recommend it:
To Save a Lady
To Lose a Lady (coming)
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